Human Rights activist Desmond Tutu’s daughter came to Fort Wayne Thursday to call for the re-imagining of policing in the city. Reverend Naomi Tutu joined the Faith Indiana Organization at the Promenade Park Pavilion.
By Jentill Neal | Fox 55 (Fort Wayne)
July 24, 2020
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) – Thursday protestors stood before faith leaders urging for them to do what they can in the fight of injustice.
Among them listening to the testimonies, Reverend Naomi Tutu daughter of Human Rights leader Desmond Tutu.
“I understand that is the same kind of upheaval that the whole country is feeling.. the whole world. The recognition that the injustices that have been the foundation of this country particularly in terms of the justice system, economics, and health. Those who have come up to the foreend, we have a generation of young people saying we are the ones we have been waiting for,” Reverend Naomi Tutu said.
With her message Thursday… she’s hoping those in leadership will work with the community to work toward repairing this issue.
It’s the mission of Faith in Indiana right now.
“In cities like Fort Wayne, they’re beginning processes with their clergy to reimagine what public safety could look like if we were to prioritize life and breath and not like some kind of restrictive emphasis on enforcement, if we were to become guardians instead of warriors in our policing, in our police trainings, in our police culture. We know that’s a shift police are hungry for as well,” Audrey Davis with Faith in Allen County said.
Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne Police Department and other city leaders have already taken the steps forward to form the commission on Police Reform and Racial Justice.
Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena with FWPD said even though, it’s in the early stages, the future is promising.
“I’m currently sitting on the Mayor’s Commission for Racial Equity and Judicial Reform. We are having meetings going over policy procedures that we have and seeing where we might be better,” Rosales-Scatena said.